Compromise

Compromise

Charles Robert Scrivener: The Surveyor who Sited Australia's National Capital Twice

by Terry Birtles

Arcadia, $39.95 pb, 304 pp, 9781921875588

In the 1890s the six Australian colonies were preoccupied not only with getting a fair deal over tariffs and customs – and maintaining the purity of the Anglo-Saxon race – but also with the location of the national capital. Denizens of Melbourne and Sydney felt that it should be one of them. The compromise was a capital in New South Wales, closer to Sydney than Melbourne, but with Melbourne as the seat of federal government until it was constructed.

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Published in November 2013 no. 356
Richard Broinowski

Richard Broinowski

Richard Broinowski is an Adjunct Professor in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. He was an Australian diplomat in Asia, the Middle East, and Central America.

 

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